Uniden UHF Handheld Radio 3 Pack $49.99 @ ALDI

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Good items to drain your dozens of parked eneloops, and keep your kids entertained at the same time :)
I was skeptical to post this due to unknown stock levels. I hope stock is better than the recent marine grade stainless steel peg deal.
Might be useful to those who can visit their local Aldi before they open their doors.
Description:
80 channels
3km+ typical range (line of sight)
0.5W RF output power
Powered by 3 x AAA batteries (not included)
500mW transmit power
LCD display
Channel scan
Operating time: 20+ hours
Designed and engineered in Japan

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  • I've gotten these type before they work to 20m or so before everything is garbled

    • Line of sight? What model did you buy?
      These ones claim 3km. If they are unusable after 20m(I highly doubt it), I’ll just return them.

      • Agree. Just got back from camping last week and got at least 1.5-2km up a valley. Couldn't see the kids, but could hear them Loud & Clear (or '5x5' if you're old school)

  • Bloody stupid to have a walkie talkie running off AAAs.

    • remember power is just 0.5 watts. Perfect for the kids and you can use rechargeable Eneloops, Ladda etc. I don't think it's that stupid

      • In my experience these things like to chew batteries…
        AAAs are much less capacity than AAs, and more expensive besides, especially when talking about LSD rechargeables.
        Would much rather have the unit be slightly physically bigger to fit 3xAA cells.

        • AAA LSD's are the same price as AA @ Aldi. Pretty sure they are $5.99 for a 4 pack.

        • I find that I have to take the batteries out when they are turned off and put in the cupboard or they drain away regardless of them being turned off.

    • +5 votes

      I've got a similar Uniden model which takes AAAs but you can put NiMH rechargeable ones and charge them using the micro usb port on the side.

    • Rechargeable packs die. AAA's are more suitable for radios, flashlights and other more critical equipment. Rechargeable AAA's are your best friend.

    • The worst part is that it uses three so charging them becomes really annoying since you have to charge in pairs

      • Most smart chargers don't require this. For example an Ozbargain favourite the LiitoKala Lii-402

      • Don’t get the negs. Most people don’t have a smart charger (but have rechargeable batteries) and won’t buy one now specifically for these walkietalkies. Therefore, it’s valid to point out it’s a pain to charge/maintain sets of 3 batteries.

        • If you have rechargeable batteries you should really have a smart charger, especially when they are as cheap as the Liitokala - nothing to do with these walkie talkies specifically. It's also not correct to say you have to charge in pairs like it's some universal truth.

          • @suburbanmale: That’s not the point. Not everyone’s battery charger is a smart charger (despite the fact that you say they should), most slow chargers only charge in pairs. Therefore, it’s more convenient for more people to have to charge 2x AAs vs 3x AAA. On top of that, even for people who do have a Liitokala, like me, it’s easier to charge 4 batteries than 6 (for 2 walkietalkies).

    • On the other hand AAA batteries are universal, available everywhere, and cheap. No lock in to proprietary battery packs that eventually become unavailable. Just use rechargeable AAAs and it's all good.

  • I used some Bao Feng 888s at an event and they seemed pretty good. Been thinking about getting some for kids ever since but never did. Maybe these might do the trick.

    • That's illegal without a ham radio license, and the frequencies could well interfere with important services

      • Really? No idea I was a volunteer at a venue.

        • I just whirlpooled 888s. Don't think they were that model. I just looked on ebay for what looked like them and 888s came up.

          • @Juice08: The 888s are clones of Kenwood radios I think.
            The venue probably has their own radios+a commercial license or they rent them.

            The 888s are rubbish btw I have some (and I have the ham license!) And I would choose a pink or blue CB Radio over them any day

            • @CountParadox: I thought the 888 were a clone of Motorola radios? But then I’m not a radio hobbyist so probably wrong.

              What’s wrong with the 888? I’ve heard from a couple of people that whilst they’re not commercial grade like they try to appear they’re good value for money. I was thinking of getting my ham license and getting some of the other baofengs that claim to cover 477 to supplement my car unit, but maybe I just need to hope for 5w “known” handheld to go on clearance.

              • @mapax: Ham license is good to have, there's a heap of good radios for cheap for cars.

                Plus you can do HF stuff and chat around the country/world

  • +11 votes

    If you're giving these to kids, remember they will receive transmissions from local trucks which sometimes can be rather colorful language. Also, there are dedicated emergency channels.

    • These are toy quality and yet not suitable for children.

    • Not worried much about the “colorful language”, they are already using Tik Tok :P
      Not sure about this model(they look like UH35’s, but couldn’t find model no or specs other than the Aldi page) but similar radios have Kids Zone/Interference Eliminator (CTCSS)
      Also the kids are 7+ (my son and cousins). Probably a good age to have a conversation about the Emergency channels and how/when
      they are used

  • You're much better off getting some 2w radios off Amazon for $80 for a pack of four.

    • 2w?! You sure 4 for $80? Can you share the link please?

        • To operate these legally you'll need a ham radio license

        • These are no legal for sale in Australia either. HAMs can import them form overseas I believe, but public sale leaves the seller at a risk of fine for selling it and the user at risk for turning it on.

          • @ShipShapeRC: I'm guessing a ham radio does not broadcast on UHF? So if you purchase these things and get caught using them as walkie-talkies in the bush you're in trouble?

            • +4 votes

              @Sammy Boi:

              ham radio does not broadcast on UHF?

              There are UHF ham radio bands. There is one from 420-450MHz, called the "70cm" band. These frequencies can only be used with an amateur radio license, except for a very narrow section (433.05–434.79MHz), which anyone can use license-free, subject to conditions.

              In Australia, there are a handful of frequencies you can legally transmit on, without needing a license. Almost all of them are specified in this bit of government legislation, the "Radiocommunications (Low Interference Potential Devices) Class Licence 2015":
              https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2019C00681

              For each allowed frequency, there is a maximum power limit, and for many of the frequencies there are limitations on what type of modulation is permitted, and what that frequency may be used for (e.g. some frequencies just for biomedical implants).

              The walkie-talkies from Amazon, linked above, say "Frequency Range 400-470MHz". The only license-free band in that frequency range is 433.05–434.79MHz, and the maximum power permitted on that band is 25mW, so the walkie-talkies (having "2 Watt Transmit Power") are most definitely illegal to use, unless you have an amateur radio license. And even then, they can transmit outside the 70cm band, which is illegal even if you have an amateur radio license.

              In case you're wondering, the Australian UHF CB radio band is 476.4125 to 477.4125 MHz, but the walkie-talkies listed don't go that high. The CB Radio class license is here:
              https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2017C00476

        • This is a commercial radio, you'd just need a licensed frequency from the ACMA. All this talk of needing a Ham license is way off.

          • @sinewaves7: Thank you guys for clarifying some of that information.

            Basically I'm just looking for some walkie-talkies to use in the cars with the boys when we go away bush and potentially enough signal to have one on the boat and one at base camp at least.

            Am I wrong in thinking that these Amazon walkie-talkies looks like a good purchase bang for buck compared to what we would pay in store?

            I noticed the walkie-talkies from Amazon above can be reprogrammed even though they can be reprogrammed does that mean they cannot be reprogrammed to the actual Australian legal UHF channels/ranges. Above 470 MHz

    • The jb one has kid zone and a led light. Been eyeing them off for a while.

      • I think the Aldi ones are the UH35

        • Sorry for the silly question but what is the difference between uh35 and uh45? Just the operating frequency?

          • @eswes: You can compare them here: UH35 v. UH45

            Main differences that I can see:

            • UH35 uses alkaline AAAs, UH45 can charge NiMH ones with a USB cable (neither comes with batteries)
            • UH45 has "Kid Zone" which is their marketing term for CTCSS. This can help prevent kids from receiving other people's conversations.
            • UH45 has a torch function and a backlit display
    • That's the same one I bought last year for the same Aldi price at JB Hi-Fi.

    • JB one has kid zone. I have this and so far so good, haven't heard any colourful truckie language as yet, unless because where we live, away from construction sites

  • We have same brand but different model. Kids use them a fair bit and batteries have lasted.

    They picked up a couple of different randoms today on 2 different channels. Some inappropriate language but they know how to change channels now.

  • +1 vote

    How do i know whether operating a particular walkie talkie requires a hame radio license?

  • Have had these for a few years - very good for the price. Much better than the toy walkies which are useless.

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